AT ISSUE: Crouching At The Door

The image of New York State legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo laughing and wildly applauding after signing a law that legalizes abortion up until birth is seared on my brain. I can’t get away from it. These representatives also erased from their state’s criminal statutes any penalty for violence against unborn children. As a consequence, if someone delivers a forceful kick to the stomach of a woman who is nine months pregnant in New York State and the baby dies, that person will be charged with assaulting the woman. No charges for the death of that child. In celebration of their achievement, the Governor ordered all of the state’s most beloved monuments to be lit up pink, including the 9-11 memorial. Weeks later, it’s still enough to make me sick to my stomach.


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